Two nooses were found hanging outside the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday alongside signs decrying the state's history of lynching, state police said.
State Capitol police took the nooses and signs down and are investigating.
MS is preparing for a US Senate run-off on Tuesday between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy in a contest that has increasingly taken on racial overtones. MS is preparing for a U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday between Republican Sen.
President Donald Trump answers questions from the press while departing the White House on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.
"We can't afford a senator who embarrasses us and reinforces the stereotypes we've worked so hard to overcome", the ad says.
"I'll vote for Mrs. Smith you know, because being a Republican", said Betty Lechman, a Biloxi-area resident of five decades, at the Edgewater Mall food court table where she and her friends meet every day of the week except Sundays, which are reserved for church.
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The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and almost 73% of the victims were black. "If he invited me to a public hanging, I would be on the front row".
After initially refusing to back down from her remarks, and as the national firestorm grew, she sought to limit the damage by offering a qualified apology during a recent debate to those who were offended, while accusing her opponents of twisting her words. It says MS had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state.
MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past. Espy's criminal indictments while agriculture secretary, for which he was acquitted at trial, and his lucrative work as a lobbyist for a former president of the Ivory Coast in western Africa now on trial in the Hague for alleged crimes against humanity. Two nooses were found dangling over a tree branch and above a smattering of hateful signs.
"While I can't speak to their mindset, it is notable that it was done the day before the special election", McIntosh said.
Hyde-Smith is favored to win in a state that voted for Mr. Trump over her by 18 points.
Espy is trying to become the first African-American U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who has an office in the Capitol, called the nooses and signs 'reprehensible'.